Here at CSG, IT security is a top priority. Cyber Essentials is a scheme that has been designed by the UK government in order for businesses to adopt good practices within IT. Due to the rigorous testing organisations must go through, it can be difficult to achieve. The certification will align your organisation with a set of standard controls that is designed to help you combat Cyber Crime.
“Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against the common online threats” UK Government
Depending on your business needs, there are two levels to the Cyber Essentials certification; Cyber Essentials Standard & Plus. To achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus you must also be Standard certified and then move onto the Plus certification within a set period.
Why you should get certified
- Reduce the risk of cyber attack
- This may align to your supply chain or industry standards – Compliance
- Reduce insurance premiums
- Prove your organisations cyber security measures
- Boost your organisations reputation
The Cyber Essentials Standard Certification will involve a review of your IT environment and responding to a self service questionnaire around the policies, controls and technology that is in place. The Cyber Essentials Plus certification process will involve a test of your network similar to a vulnerability scan, alongside a more thorough assessment. This assessment will focus strongly on workstations, network and also mobile devices. Your business must hold up to differing technical security controls.
Once you have gained your certification its important you keep up to date and are working to the key measurements. That’s where CSG can help and our team will help guide you through the annual renewal process to maintain the ongoing certification status. CSG offer a managed service that can monitor your organisations compliance against the scheme and provide ongoing changes and support as required.